Have you discovered Quinoa?
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is considered a whole grain but it is really a seed. Quinoa is high in protein and dietary fiber. It contains more high-quality protein than any other grain. Quinoa is considered a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids. It does not contain any gluten. Quinoa can be served hot or cold. It can be served as a side dish, in soups, as a pilaf or as a breakfast cereal. One cup of cooked Quinoa has 222 calories, 8 grams of protein, 4 grams of fat, 32 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of dietary fiber. Quinoa is a good source of magnesium, iron, selenium, calcium, folate and vitamin E. Quinoa can be used in place of rice or couscous. It takes between 10 and 15 minutes to cook. Cook a batch and store in the refrigerator for use in soups and as a base for stir fry vegetables. It can be stored for as many as four days. Enjoy!